COCOBOD to abolish farmers scholarship scheme

Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo

Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) plans to channel funds, set aside for its Farmers Scholarship Trust for beneficiaries entering senior high schools (SHS), into developing school infrastructure for needy communities.

For almost 50 years, the COCOBOD, through its scholarship scheme, has provided scholarship for children of cocoa farmers in SHS, primarily paying for their tuition, including examination fees, boarding and feeding.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of COCOBOD, Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo, with the introduction of the free SHS, there was no longer the need for the fund to continue paying school fees, thus the decision to now channel that money into another profitable use within the education sector.
Speaking at a cocoa farmers’ rally at Kokobeng in the Akim Swedru District, Mr Boahen Aidoo said:  “Due to the free SHS introduced by the government, we want to channel that fund into improving school infrastructure in areas where the children walk several kilometres before they can access education facilities,” he stated.
He, however, indicated that the proposal was awaiting the approval of the Board of COCOBOD.

Accompanied by other directors from the Ghana Cocoa Board, Mr Aidoo and his entourage toured Pramkese in the Kwaebibirem Municipality, Kokobeng in the Akim Swedru District and Asuoso in the West Akim Municipality where they interacted with farmers.
The tour formed part of activities by COCOBOD to follow up on its Productivity Enhancement Programmes (PEPs). The COCOBOD CEO and his entourage met with more than a 1,000 cocoa farmers and cooperatives at the three rallies.
Investment in school infrastructure
Last year, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs and the New Patriotic Party MP for Nsuta Kwamang Beposo, Mr Kwame Asafu-Adjei, told Parliament that the scholarship scheme for SHS would be phased out by June 2019 after the last batch of the fee-paying students had completed school.
With the first batch of the free SHS students now in Form Three, the fund for the scholarship has not been utilised and Mr Aidoo said if the approval was given by the board, his outfit would take the initiative to use the fund to develop and improve infrastructure to address challenges associated with schools in dilapidated buildings and unavailability of school structures.
“In Cocoa Board, our scholarship is awarded to children going to the senior high school, but the government has made it free and that is why we want to invest in infrastructure after our research showed that some of the children walked over three kilometres before they could access educational facilities,” he explained.
He also indicated that the investment in school infrastructure would ensure that most parents benefited from the scholarship funds.
“We will invest in kindergarten, primary and junior high schools so that more structures will be constructed,” he indicated.
Elaborating on the PEPs, the CEO of the COCOBOD stated that they had introduced a number of programmes such as pollination, mass pruning, irrigation and a host of other activities that the farmers ought to know.
“We are following up to see how best farmers are adopting the PEPs,” he explained.
“The exercise will assist COCOBOD to improve upon the various interventions that are being run”, he added.
COCOBOD Farmers Scholarship Trust
The COCOBOD instituted the cocoa scholarship Aaward scheme as part of its welfare services to cocoa farmers for the education of their children in second cycle schools.
Averagely, COCOBOD sponsors about 7,500 students per year for the three-year SHS programme.

Xenophic attacks: Ministry of Foreign Affairs sets up call centre for distressed Ghanaians in South Africa

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the recent xenophobic attacks on some Nigerians and other African nationals in South Africa.

The Ministry has also set up dedicated emergency lines for Ghanaians in distress in South Africa.
A statement issued by the Ministry on Tuesday [September 3, 2019] described the attacks as unfortunate and called on the South African authorities to take all necessary actions to tackle the problem.
“The Government of the Republic of Ghana views the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa on African nationals and the the looting of foreign and local shops as unfortunate.
“The Government further urges South Africa authorities to take all necessary actions that will guarantee harmonious co-existence between South Africans and Africans resident in South Africa.

“The High commission of Ghana in Pretoria has set up the following dedicated emergncy lines through which our Ghanaian nationals in distress could contact the mission for urgent assistance TEL: +271-234-258-47/8,” the statement said.
It further assured that there was no confirmed Ghanaian casualties, adding that Ghana’s High Commission in Pretoria was monitoring the situation closely.

President Akufo-Addo sacks NYA boss, two deputies

Mr Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri

Mr Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has terminated the appointments of the acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA) and his two deputies.

The acting CEO, Mr Emmanuel Sin-Nyet Asigri and his two acting deputies, Mr Richard Ebbah Obeng and Mr Bright Acheampong, were relieved of their duties on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Three separate letters signed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, directed them to hand over to the Director of Technical Projects at the NYA, Mr Emmanuel Anaman-Mensah.
“I regret to inform you that the President of the Republic has terminiated your appointment. You are directed to hand-over your office to Mr. Emmanuel Anaman-Mensah, Director of Technical Projects of the Authority and proceed to collect any terminal benefits or facilities due you under relevant law,” the letters read.
“Please ensure that, you hand over and cease to act as Chief Executive Officer of the Authority not later than close of business on Wednesday, 4th September 2019,” it added

Davido and Chioma set to wed In 2020

Nigerian Afro-pop singer David Adeleke better known as Davido is set to tie the knot with his girlfriend, Chioma Avril Rowland.

The couple recently had their introduction ceremony.

The “Blow My Mind” crooner took to his Instagram page to announce the ceremony. He shared a photo of himself with friends and family which he captioned, “First of all Introduction”.

Meanwhile, Davido’s elder brother, Adewale Adeleke also confirmed the news as he took to Instagram to congratulate the couple adding that the wedding will hold in 2020.

”So happy! Love you both @thechefchi @davido official #chivido2020”
Davido and Chioma have one of the most adored relationship in Nigeria.
Unknown to many, the relationship precedes 2018 when the Omo Baba Olowo singer started flooding his snapchat with photos of a mystery woman.
The lovebirds met at Backcock University where Davido graduated from in 2015 and Chioma admitted in 2012.
The highpoint of the duo’s relationship was when the singer surprised her with the ₦45 million Naira Porsche car on her birthday.
The singer had earlier dedicated one of biggest hit single “Assurance” to Chioma

KNUST campus declared a security zone; students barred from demonstrating

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has declared the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) a security zone.
This follows what the council says is intelligence it has gathered that some alumni are instigating their members and students to engage in activities that will disturb academic work and peace on the campus.
“The attention of the Ashanti Regional Security Council has been drawn to intended disturbances on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The KNUST campus has been declared a security zone until further notice. The Regional Security Council urges the general public to strictly observe this directive since any breaches may attract the maximum legal security penalty or sanctions associated with it”, REGSEC said in a statement.
The Council has also served notice that it shall ensure strict enforcement of the laws concerning public order, whenever they are breached.
REGSEC urged any person or group that has any grievance against the school to report it to the appropriate authorities for redress or necessary action.
This development emanates from the conversion of two male halls in the school to mixed ones which led to students riot and subsequent destruction of properties estimated at over GHc1.6 million.
The rioting also led to the temporary closure of the university.
It escalated from a demonstration in protest of the arrest of 10 students and one alumnus of the school.
The students were arrested for organizing a vigil on campus without permission according to the school authorities.
Although a committee was set up to look into the matter, much has neither been seen nor heard from the committee.
Students leadership urges calm 
Student leadership at the university has also appealed for calm among members of affected male halls of residence which were recently converted to mixed ones.
The leadership says its attention has been drawn to some social media publications concerning threats of protest by some students and alumni suspected to be from the Unity (Conti) and the University (Katanga) halls.
Meanwhile, executives of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) at the University indicated that the development has caused panic among parents and fresh students who will report this week.
According to them, there is an ongoing dialogue between the University’s management and leadership of the respective halls on the matter.
They also reminded students that Chancellor of the University, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is making frantic efforts to resolve the matter as a committee he set up is yet to finalize its work.
While assuring students that they are pursuing extensive discussions with interested parties in the matter to find amicable solutions that will complement those by the Chancellor, they urged students to be patient and use dialogue to address their grievances instead of resorting to violence.


Video: Angry Nigerians Call On Boko Haram To Attack South Africans

South African stores in Nigeria including offices of the giant South African Telecommunication network, MTN are being burnt down one after the other.
This is because of the ongoing barbaric xenophobic attack on Nigerian citizens in South Africa.
However, some angry Nigerian citizens are calling on the jihadist terrorist organization popularly known as Boko Haram to start tormenting South Africans.


Xenophobia: Police Officer Seen Laughing As A Nigerian Burns Alive – PHOTO

The police officer is laughing, I wonder what MADIBA (Nelson Mandela ) will be thinking in his grave … #SouthAfrica , the blood of the innocent will speak! The next generation to come will pay for this! This is how curses are initiated , it’s funny how you guys are doing this, we (africa)fought for your independence…. to my fellow brothers and sisters, if possible, then please leave before you become a victim … #xenophobiainsouthafrica

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Video: South Africans Burn A Nigerian Man Alive

Iyabo Ojo has joined the online campaign decrying the Xenophobic attacks launched by South Africans against foreigners, mostly Nigerians.  
Reacting to a viral video in which a Nigerian man was set ablaze, the Nollywood actress queried the Federal Government on what it is doing to address the attacks. Iyabo Ojo added that it is bad that Africans are killing their fellow Africans.
She wrote “Abeg what is our government doing about the recent killings of Nigerians in South Africa???? why now!! Africans killing each other this is very sad. just saw the video of how they burnt a Nigerian alive couldn’t post the video.

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Nigeria sends envoy to South Africa over xenophobic attacks


Nigeria’s president has sent an envoy to South Africa following the looting in Johannesburg.

The government alleges that Nigerian-owned businesses have been targeted in the South African city, saying, in a tweet, that “enough is enough”.
Other African governments have issued warnings to their citizens over the violence.
South African officials have blamed criminality rather than xenophobia for the current problems.
In a statement, Nigeria’s high commission in South Africa described the situation as “anarchy”, and has called on Nigerians to come forward to report what has happened to them.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari wants the envoy to meet his South African counterpart to “express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property”.

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />A shop keeper watches as a fireman douses down a burned and damaged property after overnight unrest and looting in Alexandra township, JohannesburgViolence hit the Johannesburg township of Alexandra overnight Monday into Tuesday

On Monday, dozens of people were arrested in Johannesburg after rioters looted shops and torched buildings and vehicles.
Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to quell the unrest.
Violence continued on Tuesday in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township.

‘Don’t wear expensive jewellery’

Ethiopia’s embassy in South Africa has advised its citizens to close their businesses during the on-going tension, according to Ethiopia’s state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).
It also says that Ethiopians are advised to “distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict” and not go out wearing expensive jewellery.

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />Policeman confronting a womanIn some places, police have tried to stop the looting

Meanwhile, Zambia’s transport ministry has said that lorry drivers should “avoid travelling to South Africa until the security situation improves”.
The statement refers to reported attacks on foreign lorry drivers. The South African IOL news site says that there have been “numerous incidents” of vehicles being looted.
But South Africa’s police minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that “criminality rather than xenophobia” was to blame for the “senseless violence”.
“[Xenophobia] is used as an excuse,” he told reporters after visiting Johannesburg’s Central Business District, where much of the unrest has been taking place. “Nothing… has sparked any form of conflict between the South Africans and foreign nationals.”

Takoradi District Police Commander Has Been Robbed

Ghana Police

The office of the Takoradi District Police Commander, Supt. Emmanuel Amoah has been burgled.
The robbers made away with his laptop, a flat-screen TV and an unspecified amount of money.
The burglars removed the louvre blades of the window to the commander’s office to gain access.
A local journalist Emmanuel Ohene Gyan of Empire FM said he saw cables believed to have been connected to the stolen TV, hanging on the wall when he visited the command on Monday.
An investigation has been launched into the matter.
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